Online classes: 55% of students report having health problems

Lucknow: Nearly 55% of students in Classes 4 to 12 have reported health problems, primarily as a result of prolonged online learning during the pandemic.
Stress, severe vision problems, and insomnia are the most common health issues.

These are the findings of a study titled “The Impact of Online Teaching During the Pandemic on Learning and Well-being” conducted by students from the Spring Dale College (SDC) chain of schools in Lucknow.

The report is based on a survey of 4,454 respondents from various schools, including 3,300 students, 1,000 parents, and 154 teachers.

The respondents were asked about the drawbacks and advantages of online classes.

According to the study, 54-58 percent of students reported severe physical strain, vision problems, backache, and headaches as a result of postural problems, in addition to lethargy, fatigue, irritability, and obesity.

Nearly half of the students reported stress and 22.7 percent reported insomnia, while approximately 65 percent reported technical glitches, network problems, and difficulty concentrating while studying via mobile phones.

Approximately 45-47 percent of students reported difficulties interacting with teachers and classmates, and they claimed that not all people are visible on screen at the same time.

Students also expressed a lack of confidence and motivation.

However, one advantage of online education is that both students and teachers have become more tech savvy.

Over 60% of students said they had more leisure time, which they spent on gardening, art, and crafts, while 65% said they spent their free time at home, which strengthened family bonds.

However, both students and teachers desired to return to the classroom and believed that physical interaction aided in the improvement of educational standards.

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